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Raleigh plans bus station’s eventual move

A city council committee heard the latest plans Tuesday for a new transit station that would accompany Union Station in the Warehouse District.

Much like the train station it will neighbor, the facility’s construction is years away. The city already has a shorter-term plan for improving the existing Moore Square bus station.

In the coming months, a consultant will rank seven possible sites for the transit facility – all of which are a block or two from Union Station. The idea is that Amtrak and commuter rail passengers will have an easy walk to city bus lines.

While the design hasn’t taken shape yet, don’t expect the station to look like Moore Square. “We don’t want it to be a square block with buses on it,” transit administrator David Eatman said. “We want a lot of different uses there,” including restaurants and retail.

Moore Square would likely remain open as a transit hub, but it would no longer be the city’s main station.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

Raleigh council allows roosters to stay

The city council’s law and public safety committee decided Tuesday to uphold an ordinance that allows roosters inside city limits.

The council was considering a citywide rooster ban because of a recent uptick in noise complaints related to crowing.

Scott Voorhees argued that the problem is overblown. He owns a rooster and several hens, and a neighbor complained to the city about the noise.

He said his rooster crows in the morning and a few times during the day, but rarely makes noise at night and never louder than a barking dog.

Julia Zavada, who owns a rooster and several chickens, said roosters are indispensable for chicken owners because they protect against hawks, snakes and insects. She said that she sound-proofed her coop and locks up the fowl each night, and she said most owners are responsible like her.

“If you’re responsible, there’s no problem,” she said.

The council agreed and made no change, though they said city workers will continue monitoring the issue to determine whether a change is needed later.

Staff writer Austin Baird

Fayetteville Street wins award

With a growing array of restaurants, bars and shops, downtown Raleigh’s rebound has landed it a new accolade from a statewide group of city planners: Great Main Street.

The state chapter of the American Planning Association gave the honor at its annual Great Places awards ceremony Wednesday.

“Fayetteville Street is a great public space where all of Raleigh and Wake County can come together, and we are proud to have been recognized by APA-NC,” Mayor Nancy McFarlane said at the event.

The award nomination points to the turnaround driven in part by the 2006 reopening of Fayetteville Street to traffic and the renovation of City Plaza: “The historic commercial spine of North Carolina’s capital city, Fayetteville Street has been transformed in less than 10 years from an emblem of urban decline to a dramatic symbol of urban success. By day, Fayetteville Street bustles with business, commerce and government activity. At night, it pulses with youthful energy fed by the restaurants, bars and nightclubs.”

Other Great Main Streets recognized were Fayetteville’s Hay Street, Davidson’s Main Street and Blowing Rock’s Main Street.

Staff writer Colin Campbell

Raleigh City Farm earns nonprofit status

The Raleigh City Farm now is a federally recognized nonprofit. The farm recently received notice from the Internal Revenue Service that its application for 501(c)3 nonprofit status has been accepted.

Organizers said nonprofit status will help them to expand their mission of teaching people to grow their own food and providing healthy food to residents.

The news came just as the farm on the corner of Franklin and Blount streets marked its first anniversary March 17.

Staff writer Sarah Barr